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James R. Wrathall

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Jim Wrathall is counsel in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office and focuses his practice on energy and infrastructure finance and policy matters. He has particular experience in renewable and distributed energy development and financing transactions; corporate structuring and governance; mergers and acquisitions; regulatory and policy matters; litigation; and corporate compliance.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Mr. Wrathall was a co-leader of the energy practice at another law firm with offices in Washington, D.C., Boston, New York, and London. He represented clients in energy project development and finance transactions; corporate acquisitions, sales and licensing transactions; and energy regulatory and policy matters.

Mr. Wrathall served from 2007 through 2011 as Majority Senior Counsel with the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, responsible for climate and clean energy legislation. Previously, he was a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of a major international law firm for more than ten years, where his practice included energy, litigation, and environmental matters.

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, Energy Storage Project Development: An Overview of Key Policy, Finance, and Development Issues with K&L Gates, June 19, 2019
  • Presenter, “Financing and Structuring for Renewable Energy Procurement,” Association for Sustainability in Higher Education, October 2018.
  • Panelist, “Financing for Energy Storage Projects,” Energy Storage Association Annual Conference, April 2018.
  • Moderator, “System Design to Maximize Revenue,” Energy Storage Association Annual Conference, April 20, 2017.
  • Moderator, “Offshore Wind Supply Chain Development,” Business Network for Offshore Wind Annual Meeting, October 10, 2015.
  • “Navigating Financing Channels for Hybrid Energy,” Digital Sandbox Network Center, New York, NY, April 8, 2015
  • “Using Traditional Techniques to Fund Hybrid Renewable Energy Projects,” Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, December 10, 2014
  • “Energy Investment in Developing Countries,” ZAG-S&W, Washington, D.C., Discussion and Webinar, November 13, 2014
  • Guest Lecturer, American University, Kogod School of Business, MS Program in Sustainability Management
  • "Financing and Monetizing Energy Storage," Project Finance International, November 2017
  • “Distributed Energy Finance Report,” EDGE Finance Advisory, October 2016, May 2016, June 2015, and December 2014
  • “Is the Tide Finally Turning for Offshore Wind in the United States,” Wind Systems Magazine, August 2015.
  • “Grid Wars: The Battle for Distributed Electricity,” North American Clean Energy Magazine, November/December 2014
  • “Why Living Off the Grid Will Get a Lot Easier in 25 Years,” CNBC.com, November 27, 2014
  • “Crowdfunding Models Proliferate For Clean Energy Projects,” Law360, October 7, 2014
  • “Predicting Outcomes in Legal Challenges to EPA’s Power Plant Carbon Rules: Clean Energy Company & Investor Implications,” Breaking Energy, August 7, 2014
  • “Distributed Energy: Understanding and Mitigating Commercial and Regulatory Risks,” American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), June 24, 2014
  • Multiple solar and distributed energy blog posts at www.EnergyFinanceReport.com